North Island Bike Trails
Twin Coast Cycle Trail - Cross the Bay of Islands by bike. This trail is a total of 84 kilometers and runs from Horeke on the beautiful Hokianga harbour to Opua in the beautiful Bay of Islands. This ride is filled with history and mythology passing through early European and Maori villages. The ride goes along an old railway and through an 80 metre tunnel. You’ll ride by sparkling blue lakes, through native bush and through quaint towns. The entire ride will take 2 days and is graded easy.
The Hauraki Rail Trail - This trail is built around the old gold mining railway featuring a rich pioneering history. The highlight is the ride through the Karangahake Gorge along the river, over old bridges and through interesting tunnels. You’ll get great views across the Hauraki Plains from the top and view to the Kaimanawas ranges. This is an easy ride and great for the entire family with plenty of place to stop and explore and get your toes wet in the river.
The Waikato River Trails - Follow alongside New Zealands longest river, the Waikato, during this scenic and rugged ride. You’ll explore lush native bush and forests, see unique rocky landscapes and be able to stop for a rest beside beautiful lakes and the roaring river. Along the river trail expect to see several dams, cross over suspension bridges and enjoy the great rolling hills of the Waikato. The trail ranges from easy to advanced.
The Great Lake Trail - Pieces of this amazing trail have been open and proving to be very popular as it winds around the eastern section of Lake Taupo, the Southern Hemisphere's largest lake. This is a volcanic region and provides a pumice soil that makes for great all weather cycling. Trails wind through native forest and down to hidden bays and beaches with spectacular views that are well worth climbing for. When completed the trail encompass 93km of great trails ridings will be able to choose to do day trips or multi day adventures.
The Redwoods and Thermal by Bike - The geothermal area of Rotorua has always been a biking haven. The Redwoods is a great place to get lost mountain biking all day. The climb up through the forest leads to some of the best downhill biking in New Zealand. And for a taste of the region's hotter side, don’t miss the Te Ara Ahi, 74 km of cycling through a thermal wonderland of steaming vents, bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers.
Hawkes Bay Trails - An easy ride for all, the region boasts 180km of trails that was born out of the vision to create a seaside pathway for Napier. Over 10 years later, Hawke's Bay now boasts over 180 km of cycle trails that meander around and connect the cities of Napier and Hastings. There are three types of rides you can do in this region. The Landscape ride ventures along coastal communities, the Water ride is flat and perfect for families riding along the Pacific and the Winery ride takes your on a tour of some of the best wineries in the region.